Why go local: Para Sa Tabi, May Pasok Ba?, and Facebuko

There’s really not much profit (monetary or otherwise) to be had in making local “copies” of the most popular sites today; you’ll probably just be called unimaginative and lame (read: jologs). But these sites are fun little ideas that stir up the chunks in our cultural halo-halo and remind us that quirky is interesting and copying is okay, as long as we make it our own. (But first, sites that […]

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The UP Centennial Celebration Kick-Off

Yesterday marked the beginning of the UP Centennial celebrations, and it was a blast. No, it was crazy! If you don’t have enough heart—and I mean both the love of UP and the will to wade through the crowd—you wouldn’t enjoy it as much. It’s easy for students and alumni who have been harassed by the pressures of college life to undervalue UP, but as someone who has lived and […]

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Paying Attention to Kids

I find the awe over kids drawing paper laptops as design inspiration surprising and ironic. (You can find more photos of the kid’s “laptop club” in this interview.) The article says we should pay attention to how these schoolchildren are designing their pretend laptops: The kids have seen and used computer keyboards. Their designs are partly their own memory of what computer keys they’ve seen, party keys they would like […]

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Real(ly Long) Names, Short Nicknames, and the Consequences of Your Online Identities

I have a long name. Three first names: Adelaida Sophia Marie Three-syllable middle name: Figueras Three-syllable surname: Lucero It is exactly the reason I have a very short nickname, Ia. Though some people have difficulty pronouncing or spelling it. In elementary school, I grew up writing “A. Sophia Marie” as shorthand for my first names so it would be quicker. Plus I knew at least two classmates who also had […]

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Kuala Lumpur

Two weeks ago I tagged along with my mom on an international conference, the ICAS5 or International Convention of Asia Scholars, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She read two papers and was chair for one of the panels. Since I finally finished school (I’m not the type who skips school for any leisure traveling) and can work anywhere Risk has an internet connection, nothing was stopping me from finally stepping out […]

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Was Jose Rizal Really A Pacifist?

In second year high school, when we studied El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal, my classmates had yet another proof that I was mataray when I disagreed with the notion that Rizal was against overthrowing Spanish colonial rule by force. Today I came across an article that pigeonholes the Philippines’ national hero as one who prefers enduring oppression rather than resisting it. I’m not sure that’s what Manuel L. Quezon III […]

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Pisay, the Movie

Just learned that Auraeus Solito, director of Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros and Tuli, has created a movie about Philippine Science High School aptly called Pisay. (That’s the official nickname of PSHS, and nothing else.) Even better is that the film is a finalist in the 2007 Cinemalaya Film Festival. According to a Pisay blogger, the full-length movie finalist won the best script and hence received funding from Cinemalaya. A […]

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The UP Department of Computer Science Holds Its First Alumni Homecoming

Twenty-six years since its creation, the UP Diliman Department of Computer Science (DCS) is finally holding an alumni homecoming on the 24th of February 2007 at its new home, the College of Engineering Library and Computer Science Building. (FYI, that building is right in front of National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) and the College of Science Library and Administration building.) Registration starts at 3, while the program will begin […]

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What, No Holiday Post?

Still, a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to y’all! I seem to have been too distracted by other things to come up with a post for this blog. I do have some things in mind but they’re too short for full length posts, so I stared at my blog for several days and pondered on whether to install some sort of asides (side-blogging) feature. Obviously, I haven’t (I […]

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.